Look: Bryan Harsin Surprises Auburn Walk-On Linebacker With Scholarship
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there was an incredibly heartwarming moment at today's auburn football practice.
during saturday's workout, head coach brian horsin surprised walk-on linebacker jake levant with a scholarship.
harsin said, "hard work goes unnoticed. you deserve it. proud of you, brother."
after the announcement, the levant was surrounded by his companions.
here's a look at a touching moment:
levant joined the auburn program in 2020 as a walk-on.
he did not log any in-game action during his first season but played in eight competitions as a reserve linebacker in 2021 –
recording a tackle. he finished the year on the sec academic honor roll.
levant turned down scholarship offers from uab and tulane to walk-on at auburn.
he said he didn't know today's scholarship was coming.
following the announcement, levant saw an interception in a 7-on-7 drill.
he called this moment the "cherry on top" of an incredible day in his football career.
"i've put my life into the sport, so that's a big deal for me," levant said in a post-practice press conference, per 247sports.
"jake, since i've known, has done an excellent job off the field while taking care of his business academically. he's hardworking.
he is now in special teams. he's starting some of them," harsin said. "...he's a guy who deserves it. he talked about hard work that goes unnoticed.
for the people who come here and walk on it, it's important that they contribute.
it's important that they get opportunities to play for us and it's important that we recognize people when we can."
harsin said the awarding of the scholarship to levant was an "amazing moment" for the team ahead of the 2022 season.
the tigers will start the year with a matchup against mercer on september 3.